Ornithological Club


About Herefordshire Ornithological Club

The Club came into being on 22nd April 1950, at the instigation of Dr Charles W Walker MC., and the first field meeting was held at Dinmore Manor on 7th May.

Until 1988 the geographical area of the Club comprised Herefordshire and Radnorshire.  From those early beginnings the Club has grown to more than 400 members, who have a particular interest in birds, but also in other wildlife and conservation.  

The County Recorder, Mick Colquhoun, assisted by Chris Robinson, Data Manager, maintain the Club’s records of species reported in the County. The avifauna of Herefordshire has inevitably changed since the formation of the Club and not, in many instances for the better, but by the constant efforts of its members the Club monitors the status of birdlife in the County. The records are summarised in the Annual Report but have recently been published in some detail as: “The Birds of Herefordshire 2007-2012 An Atlas of their breeding and wintering distributions”. A large proportion of the membership was engaged in some aspect of this production.

Information on Club activities, including field and indoor meetings is accessible through this website and via the quarterly Newsletter.  Every member has a continuing contribution to make, and I trust you will all enjoy and participate in the Club’s many activities as much as you can.

Gerald Wells

Chairman HOC